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August 21, 2014

Michigan on the list for Marshall

Michigan landed the nation's top 2014 defensive back in Jabrill Peppers, and while there's still a battle to be won, the Maize and Blue remain in the mix for 2015's top defensive back, as well.

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly cornerback Iman Marshall - like Peppers, the No. 3 overall prospect in the nation - announced his official visit schedule today, and Michigan is still in the mix. He will visit Ann Arbor officially - with a twist for the fifth visit.

"The schools to which I will take my visits are Notre Dame, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Texas, Oklahoma," he tweeted. "I know I have six teams and I'm only able to go on five officials, but I'm torn between Texas and Oklahoma."

Marshall, a 6-2, 195-pounder, has long had Michigan on the mind. While the Wolverines haven't landed a prospect from California since four-star offensive lineman Erik Magnuson in the 2012 class, Marshall has some personal connections to the program through freshman wide receiver Freddy Canteen, who trains in Southern California with Marshall.

"My guy Fred Canteen is up there and he's one of my guys I work out with," Marshall told TheWolverine.com earlier this summer. "He's true freshman [receiver] going to start this year, so I'm excited for him.

"Michigan is especially a strong program. I'm excited for them. They have good tradition and the networking is outstanding. I want to get a feel of the program for myself."

He'll have that opportunity this fall, putting the Wolverines realistically in the mix for one of 2015's top talents. U-M might have a better chance than expected. His father, Tony, has mentioned the importance of tradition and academics in the past, two boxes definitely checked by the Michigan program.

"Tradition is important but it's just a small part of the decision," Tony Marshall said. "It's mostly about education and networking. He's looking for a situation that will benefit him on and off the field. All of those things are very important right now when it comes to choosing a school."

Marshall's other official visits will be Notre Dame, Florida State, LSU, and either Texas or Oklahoma. The local schools will remain in contention, and he has visited both USC and UCLA multiple times unofficially.

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